FCC's McDowell will not vote in ATT/BellSouth deal

Dec 18 2006 - 05:18 PM ET | In The News

Previously recused FCC commissioner Robert McDowell was recently re-approved to vote in the approval of AT&T's take over of BellSouth, but has announced today that he will not do so. That leaves the panel in a 2-2 tie and will likely mean more concessions are in order to win approval. The merger is worth $85.7 billion and has already been reviewed by the FCC for 240 days.

McDowell had recused himself from the vote because he used to be employed by a trade group that represented competitors to both AT&T and BellSouth.